February 14, 2013
THE GRAMMAR OF LOVE: a sentence has subject and predicate, a noun often necessitates a verb and often an active verb. Love manifests itself in loving. The personality and essential character of my mate of sixty years, Ruth, provided for her mate a consistent demonstration of that GRAMMAR. Divine Providence not wishing man to be alone, the Psalmist asserts, “sets the solitary in families”. So my wife and I became one. Expressed with the psalmist poetic imagery “my wife became a fruitful vine by the side of my house” and our “children”, the fruit of our union, “like olive plants about my table”. Our children, each child ultimately precious and dearly beloved, together with parents in established family provided a rich, vibrant, most rewarding family life – the familial context as school for the shaping and maturing of character. The Psalmist’s final assurance for the father of the house, a promise in which the mate shares, has been richly granted, namely, that “he would see his children’s children”. What privilege for proud grandpa to provide thirteen times repeated a golden amulet for grandma’s charm bracelet! And what joy grandchildren and their parents bring to the enrichment of life! And so you, Ruth, as wife, mother, grandmother serve most meaningfully as our family’s beloved matriarch.
Love kindled at first glance in the young heart of your lover as never altered. That same lover having journeyed a far distant six decades along life’s path but never alone with you as companion and wife pledges his constant,, unwavering love so long as life unites us.